Gov. Henry McMaster joins educators to celebrate School Choice Week at State House

More than a thousand teachers, students, administrators and parents participated in the fifth annual School Choice Week Rally in Columbia Wednesday morning.

The crowds met at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center and walked over to the State House where the rally was held. Students crowded onto the steps to hear encouraging words from the multiple speakers.

This event highlighted the variety of education options for South Carolina’s students. Whether it’s homeschooling, charter or magnet schools, private schools, or public schools, the rally represented all types. Speakers included Gov. Henry McMaster, State Superintendent Molly Spearman and keynote speaker Dr. Steve Perry.

Perry is a nationally known educator who has been featured on FOX, BET and NBC. He gave some encouraging words to the crowd and stressed the importance of giving all students the highest and best education achievable.

Every single child in this country is deserving of an amazing education. We expect that from every single one of you,” he said. “You were born with greatness and it is upon you to make that greatness real.”

Perry also told teachers it is up to them to make the schools in South Carolina greater every day. Lastly, he addressed the state government by saying, “All the people in this State House who you voted for, or didn’t vote for, need to be held accountable to make sure that you get access to the best education ever known to woman or man, because you deserve that.”

McMaster also spoke of the standards the education system in this state should be providing.

I want to remind everybody that minimally adequate education bears no relationship at all to what we are going to provide for the children of South Carolina.” He finished his speech by referencing Louis Armstrong’s song lyrics, “I see babies cry, I watch them grow, they’ll learn much more than we’ll ever know, and I think to myself what a wonderful world.”

McMaster said he considered the rally to be a demonstration of our school system

is moving in the right direction to help students go “all the way to the top.”